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Seven Deadliest Microsoft Attacks by Naomi Alpern, Mike Borkin, Brian Barber, Rob Kraus

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Dangers with Privilege Escalation Attacks

Privilege escalation attacks bring an additional dimension to the attack surface when an attacker is attempting to achieve administrative control of a network. Although the dangers of a successful privilege escalation attack may be clear from the perspective of gaining elevated administrative access, some of the consequences of gaining such access are often overlooked by administrators.

Gaining administrator-level access to any network will allow attackers to perform many tasks that can cripple network resources and significantly impact the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of network resources. In the case of a Windows Active Directory domain, obtaining privileges equal to the domain administrator ...

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